June 19, 2018

TO: All EUPJ Rabbis and Congregation Chairs

FROM:

  • Rabbi Dr René Pfertzel, Chair of ERA and Rabbinic Advisor to European Union for Progressive Judaism

  • Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein, Chair of European Beit Din

  • Rabbi Dr Jackie Tabick, Convenor of European Beit Din

The European Rabbinic Assembly of the EUPJ (henceforth ERA) is the voice of the Progressive rabbis in Europe, and has the role of supporting our rabbis and holding them and our Batei Din to the highest professional and ethical standards.

In view of this role, we expect that the standards and process for conversion through...

To: The Honourable Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, Speaker of Althingi

From: Rabbi Dr. Rene Pfertzel, Chair, European Rabbinic Assembly

Date: 1 May 2018

RE: Referal of Proposed ban on ritual circumcision to Cabinet

The European Rabbinic Assembly (ERA), serving 170 Progressive Jewish communities in 17 European countries expresses its appreciation to Iceland’s legislature for dismissing the proposed ban on ritual circumcision, not bringing it to a floor vote.

We note the many Jewish and Muslim leaders and organisations that have spoken out against the bill, including the Icelandic Church and the Cath...

May 7, 2018

We, the rabbis of the European Rabbinic Assembly, are troubled by the increasing xenophobia, rising extremism and intolerance raging across Europe. In many countries, Jews and other minorities have faced discrimination, attacks, and even been murdered for being different. We extend our sympathy and support to all who suffer from violence and discrimination.

This distressing trend makes it difficult, even dangerous, to wear visible Jewish symbols in many places in Europe. Other minority communities are also face similar challenges. Our concern about the current climate of intolerance and f...

July 21, 2017

Created during the last EUPJ Conference in London in April 2016, the “European Union for Progressive Judaism Rabbinical Assembly” (abbreviated in “European Rabbinical Assembly”) held its first Kallah in March 2017 at Beth-Hillel, Brussels, at the invitation of Rabbi Marc Neiger, and at the European Parliament. Almost twenty Rabbis from all over Europe came to this meeting. Europe is understood in its large sense, from the Ural Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. Rabbis from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Germany, and Russia gathered for two days of study and meeti...

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